In Sunday’s introduction to the top 50 relief pitchers for 2021 dynasty baseball, I explored how Rolaids may have played a role in early analytics by assigning point values to relief pitching events in their quest to annually reward each league’s best pitcher.

During these years, Rolaids commercials claimed that their company name spelled relief. Now I know it was just a bit for a commercial, and I appreciate Rolaids bringing shine to an oft-shadowed position (especially to that point in baseball history), but I don’t appreciate—as an English instructor and father of an almost two-year-old human—that a company can build its core marketing strategy around obfuscating the spelling of words. Morphemes matter, y’all. Mastering the English language is heartburn-inducing enough without Rolaids playing fast and loose with phonics.

This reminds me of major league managers playing fast and loose with bullpens while the rest of us scramble to figure out how that team is going to spell relief for the next few weeks. 

But scramble we must, and relish the hustle I do, so let’s get to the list.

Rank Player Age Team
1 Josh Hader 26 MIL
2 Roberto Osuna 25 HOU
3 Jordan Hicks 23 STL
4 Edwin Diaz 26 NYM
5 Nick Anderson 29 TB
6 Aroldis Chapman 32 NYY
7 Kirby Yates 33 SD
8 Ken Giles 29 TOR
9 Hector Neris 30 PHI
10 Kenley Jansen 32 LAD
11 Liam Hendriks 31 OAK
12 Brad Hand 30 CLE
13 Craig Kimbrel 31 CHC
14 Jose Leclerc 26 TEX
15 James Karinchak 24 CLE
16 Will Smith 30 ATL
17 Taylor Rogers 29 MIN
18 Alex Colome 31 CHW
19 Archie Bradley 27 ARI
20 Hansel Robles 29 LAA
21 Raisel Iglesias 30 CIN
22 Brusdar Graterol 21 LAD
23 Brandon Workman 31 BOS
24 Ryan Pressly 31 HOU
25 Emilio Pagan 29 SD
26 Andres Munoz 21 SD
27 Scott Oberg 30 COL
28 Joe Jimenez 25 DET
29 Keone Kela 27 PIT
30 Giovanny Gallegos 28 STL
31 Alex Vesia 24 MIA
32 Austin Adams 29 SEA
33 Reyes Moronta 27 SF
34 Seth Lugo 30 NYM
35 Michael Lorenzen 28 CIN
36 Nick Burdi 27 PIT
37 Corey Knebel 28 MIL
38 Emmanuel Clase 21 CLE
39 Drew Pomeranz 31 SD
40 Daniel Hudson 33 WAS
41 Joely Rodriguez 28 TEX
42 Colin Poche 26 TB
43 Blake Treinen 31 OAK
44 Kevin Ginkel 26 ARI
45 Kyle Crick 27 PIT
46 Hunter Harvey 25 BAL
47 Luke Jackson 28 ATL
48 Keynan Middleton 26 LAA
49 Aaron Bummer 26 CHW
50 Bryan Abreu 23 HOU
51 Mychal Givens 30 BAL
52 DeMarcus Evans 23 TEX
53 Rowan Wick 27 CHC
54 Cody Stashak 25 MIN
55 Adam Ottovino 34 NYY
56 Shane Greene 31 ATL
57 Zack Burdi 25 CHW
58 Ian Kennedy 35 KC
59 Jose Alvarado 25 TB
60 Sean Doolittle 33 WAS
61 Tyler Rogers 29 SF
62 Scott Barlow 27 KC
63 Wade Davis 34 COL
64 Mark Melancon 35 ATL
65 Amir Garrett 28 CIN
66 Seranthony Dominguez 25 PHI
67 Rafael Montero 29 TEX
68 Zack Britton 32 NYY
69 Jose Castillo 24 SD
70 Ryne Stanek 28 MIA
71 Art Warren 27 SEA
72 Sam Delaplane 25 SEA
73 Diego Castillo 26 TB
74 David Robertson 35 PHI
75 John Gant 27 STL
76 Nick Wittgren 28 CLE
77 Ryan Helsley 25 STL
78 Tyler Zuber 24 KC
79 Ty Buttrey 27 LAA
80 Michel Baez 24 SD
81 Isaac Mattson 24 BAL
82 Joey Gerber 23 SEA
83 Dany Jimenez 26 SF
84 Arodys Vizcaino 29 SEA
85 Sergio Romo 37 MIN
86 Pedro Strop 34 CIN
87 Brandon Kintzler 35 MIA
88 Connor Brogdon 25 PHI
89 Junior Fernandez 23 STL
90 Kelvim Herrera 30 CHW
91 John Brebbia 30 STL
92 Matt Magill 30 SEA
93 Jeurys Familia 30 NYM
94 Trey Wingenter 26 SD
95 Kyle Nelson 23 CLE
96 James Norwood 26 CHC
97 Joel Kuhnel 25 CIN
98 Trevor Rosenthal 30 KC
99 Greg Holland 34 KC
100 Joe Kelly 31 LAD

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Philip says:
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    Itch, love the bullpen list. Are you down on Ginkel now? I will have the opportunity to grab Vesia if yahoo adds him, but would you drop Ginkel for him?

    Also, which side in a dynasty: Dahl or Urias?

    Thanks!

  2. Nathan Ducharme says:
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    Wow Hicks #3? Are you snorting guacamole? J/K but coming back from TJ and having a year off without the use of the Cards pitching coaches , I think a little regression from the wonder kid is expected. You think he has the juice to be the Ricky Vaughn… I think he’s more Eddie Harris next year.

    • Rusty Kuntz says:
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      Hicks will be #3 next year. What makes you think he did use the “Cards pitching coaches” while he was off?

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Hi, Nathan,

      I do think I’m stepping out on a thin limb w Hicks.

      But the Cards have indicated he’s the closer long-term, and I think he was mid-leap when he got hurt.

  3. Rusty Kuntz says:
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    Where’s Tony Watson?

    Also, isn’t Moronta out with labrum tear surgery (not an easy recovery)?

    • Rusty Kuntz says:
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      oh crap. You said 2021. Nevermind.

      • The Itch

        The Itch says:
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        No worries.

        Agreed it could go badly sideways on Moronta’s labrum.

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